CNN's GUT CHECK for May 13, 2013
May 13th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 13, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: The Department of Justice “secretly obtained telephone records” for over 20 business, cell and home telephone lines of Associated Press journalists and offices, the news agency said Monday afternoon.

DEVELOPING: CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ON IRS START FRIDAY: The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing Friday on the Internal Revenue Service's admission it applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. The acting commissioner of the IRS and the inspector general for the Treasury Department will be the only witnesses at the hearing. – CNN’s Dana Bash

Obama: Alleged IRS political targeting 'outrageous': President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting are proved true.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks finished mixed on worries about Fed ending stimulus. The Dow dips 27 points and S&P inched up to a record close.
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Illinois GOP chair resigns, cites support for same-sex marriage as a reason
May 7th, 2013
08:26 AM ET
11 months ago

Illinois GOP chair resigns, cites support for same-sex marriage as a reason

Washington (CNN) – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing a handful of reasons including an ongoing struggle with several members of the state GOP over his support for same-sex marriage.

"There were several reasons," why he decided to step down, Brady said in a telephone interview with CNN. "I've been going at it hard for six years, I need to focus on my family, and obviously I had lost the support of the state Central Committee because of my position on gay marriage."
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RNC re-affirms its position on marriage
April 12th, 2013
02:44 PM ET
1 year ago

RNC re-affirms its position on marriage

Los Angeles (CNN) – The Republican National Committee approved two resolutions Friday re-affirming the party's position on marriage, a move designed to mollify social conservatives angry at GOP leaders who have suggested Republicans tone down their rhetoric in opposition of same -sex marriage in order to appeal to younger voters.

The resolutions were approved by a voice vote as a larger package of 12 resolutions including one honoring former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. There was no opposition to passing all 12 resolutions en bloc.
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Prominent social conservative urges activists to withhold GOP donations
April 11th, 2013
07:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Prominent social conservative urges activists to withhold GOP donations

Los Angeles (CNN) - Prominent social conservative Tony Perkins called on political activists Thursday evening to withhold contributions to Republican campaign committees, as the GOP is embroiled in a debate over social issues.

Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the request in an email to supporters of his organization, as members of the Republican National Committee met in California to discuss campaign strategy and political messaging.
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Jindal to visit New Hampshire, stoking 2016 speculation
April 11th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Jindal to visit New Hampshire, stoking 2016 speculation

Los Angeles (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline a GOP fundraiser next month in New Hampshire, a move that will fuel speculation he is seriously eyeing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Jindal will raise money for the campaign arm of state Senate Republicans at an event in Manchester with ticket prices running from $100 to $5,000, CNN has learned.
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Cheney to address RNC as GOP maps a political path forward
April 10th, 2013
07:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Cheney to address RNC as GOP maps a political path forward

Los Angeles (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney will address members of the Republican National Committee gathering here in California this week for strategy sessions on how to broaden the GOP’s appeal with voters.

It is unclear what topic Cheney will speak on, but this is the first formal gathering of national party members since RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a report last month examining all aspects of the national party, including what steps the GOP should take to reach out to new voters, specifically Asian Americans, blacks, Hispanics and young people.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 5, 2013
April 5th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 5, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 5, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: OBAMA APOLOGIZES OVER “BEST LOOKING” REMARK California's attorney general received an apology call from President Barack Obama Thursday after he told a crowd of Democratic donors she was "by far the best looking attorney general."
"The president did speak with Attorney General [Kamala] Harris last night after he came back from his trip," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in response to CNN’s Brianna Keilar’s question about Obama’s comment. "He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments."

JOBS REPORT: REPORT SHOWS 88,000 JOBS CREATED IN MARCH; UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN TO 7.6%
What seemed like good news in Friday's jobs report was a little less than that - the unemployment rate fell, but not because more people found work. Instead, the rate was lower because nearly 500,000 people told a Labor Department survey they were no longer in the labor force, which includes people with a job or looking for one. - Tami Luhby LINK

2016 MOMENT: PERRY’S PRESIDENTIAL DOOR REMAINS OPEN. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been open about the possibility that he may once again seek the GOP presidential nomination and today on
“The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” he spoke about his timeline on the decision making process. “I've got 55 days left of the men and women who are working in this building behind me, the Texas capital. Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days. And hopefully with a great budget put together and continuing to make Texas the epicenter for economic growth in this country. And at that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016.”

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks slumped Friday after a sorely disappointing jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 40 points, or 0.3%. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.7%. All three indexes were twice as deep in the red earlier in the day.
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March 16th, 2013
08:55 PM ET
1 year ago

5 things to watch for post-CPAC

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) - Under a large banner that proclaimed "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," the Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood belted out tunes such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Elvira" over back-to-back nights at the just-wrapped Conservative Political Action Conference.

Hardly Justin Bieber or Carrie Underwood.

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First on CNN: Florida GOP to donate tainted contributions to charity
March 15th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Florida GOP to donate tainted contributions to charity

(CNN) – The Republican Party of Florida will donate $300,000 to charity, in an effort to wash itself of a scandal that forced Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign early this week, CNN has learned.

The Florida GOP was shedding donations from Allied Veterans of the World and affiliated entities, an allegedly corrupt charity that Carroll consulted for in 2009 and 2010.
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First on CNN: Super PAC to focus on broadening GOP appeal
February 13th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Super PAC to focus on broadening GOP appeal

Washington (CNN) – A group of Republican veterans are forming a super PAC to fund a new effort to refocus the party's messaging and policy goals, in an attempt to broaden the GOP's appeal beyond its traditional demographic base.

"The goal is simple," said Alex Castellanos, who is spearheading the project, NewRepublican.org. "Help move the GOP move forward and renew our brand."
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